law & disorder


October 6, 2011 13:48 Tough Sentences for Danziger Bridge Officers Turned Witnesses Federal prosecutors yesterday asked for leniency in sentencing two former New Orleans police officers who pleaded guilty to participating in the cover-up of the notorious post-Katrina Danziger Bridge shootings. CONTINUE »
September 15, 2011 13:26 FBI Agents To Monitor New Orleans Police Two FBI agents will be stationed full time in the NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau, the department and the FBI jointly announced this week. The agents, whose presence was requested by the NOPD, will investigate allegations of significant corruption or civil rights violations in the department. CONTINUE »
August 5, 2011 14:07 Verdict: Five NOPD Officers Guilty in Danziger Bridge Shootings, Cover-Up A federal jury today found all five Danziger Bridge defendants guilty of the shootings that killed two civilians and seriously wounded four others in the days after Hurricane Katrina. The jury also found the officers guilty of a massive cover-up that lasted nearly five years. Five NOPD officers had previously pleaded guilty in the case. CONTINUE »
July 6, 2011 10:59

Teenager Describes Danziger Bridge Ordeal

The second week of testimony in the Danziger Bridge case opened with Leonard Bartholomew IV, who told the jury that he was shot at, slapped and kicked by an officer and briefly detained at a makeshift police station before being let go with no money, no shoes and no phone. He was 14 years old at the time.

Bartholomew was the third member of his family to testify at the trial so far. His mother, father, sister and cousin were all shot on the bridge that day.

Later former officer Kevin Bryan, who has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, testified that he saw Officer Ignatius Hills shoot at Bartholomew. Bryan said he chased down Bartholomew and slapped him in the face, though he denied kicking him.

Read more about yesterday's testimony from our partners at the Times-Picayune.

posted July 6, 2011

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